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Parents, kids can learn about finances together at CNM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A new course offered at Central New Mexico Community College’s Montoya Campus through the School of Business and Information Technology aims to educate parents and their children at the same time on financial literacy.

The 12-week course will introduce students to the basics of money management and financial knowledge.

As part of the class, students who are parents can bring their children with them and they will be served a free dinner before each class. While students are in class, their children will receive tutoring and homework help from trained CNM tutors and students majoring in teacher education. When class is over, both the parents and their children will be assigned homework related to financial literacy to complete together.

CNM was awarded a grant funded by the The Aspen Institute’s Ascend program that will be used to advance a multigenerational approach to basic financial education in combination with homework support for children.

“A lot of working parents can’t come to class but with this grant we are able to offer services that allow parents to bring their kids with them,” said Kalynn Pirkl, associate dean of the School of Business and Information Technology, in a statement.

The class meets one night a week and most of the course work is online.

To qualify for the course, students must have children between the ages of 6 and 15 who will participate in the program as well. The course is being offered in English and Spanish.

Classes are scheduled to begin on Feb. 4 and run through April 28. To apply, visit cnm.edu/programs-of-study and type in fin-1010 in search box.

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